About COTS

Mission Statement

The Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS) mission is to improve patient outcomes by providing the forum where independent health care systems and community partners can come together to improve trauma and other time critical diagnoses care within the Central Ohio region. COTS coordinates health care services in times of disasters and optimizes the delivery of educational services for its member hospitals.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Sustain an inclusive system where community partners work together to resolve issues associated with trauma, emergency and medical disaster preparedness
  • Maintain COTS' two databases (the Regional Trauma Registry and the Emergency Department Real-time Activity Status) for reliable data analysis, in order to improve patient care; to provide a basis for focusing initiatives on areas of highest need; and to provide benchmarks for measuring progress
  • Facilitate initiatives that accomplish appropriate resource utilization while reducing deaths and disabilities from trauma, stokes, heart attacks and other emergency health conditions
  • Coordinate healthcare partners' medical disaster preparedness and response
COTS' core values are service-oriented and include:
  • Inclusiveness
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Transparency
  • Evidence-based work
  • Excellence

The Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS) is a voluntary, cooperative, self-regulatory organization and maintains a 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue status for charitable, educational and scientific intent.

The COTS Board of Trustees is comprised of health care experts from hospitals and emergency medical services (EMS) providers serving Franklin County and other Central Ohio counties; physicians from the Columbus Medical Association (CMA); and representatives from local government health agencies.

COTS is also an affiliate organization of the Columbus Medical Association.